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Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh (2009)

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Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so.

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Negar
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Ashkan (as Ashkan Koushanejad)
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Nader
Babak Mirzakhani ...
Mirza Band Member
Kosh Mirzahi ...
Yellow Dogs Band Member (as Kourosh Mirzaei)
Pouya Hosseini
Arask Farazmand
Shervin Najafian ...
Shervin
Ali Rahmani
Ebrahim Asghan
Kamran Ahangari
Mina Bolouriani
Melahat Masoumi
Mehdi Barikani
Tabar Mehdi ...
(as Mehdi Tabar)

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Negar and Ashkan, two young Iranian songwriters, decide to set up an underground band and look for other musicians to join them, but the authorities keep putting a spanner in the works. Fed up with being hindered from expressing themselves, the two young people try to get documents to leave the country for Europe. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Take a tour through the Iranian underground music scene.

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Af Ehad Lo Shama Al Hatulim Parsiim  »

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$8,843 (USA) (16 April 2010)

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$79,848 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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French visa # 124149. See more »

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Hamad Sevved sits down carrying a crying kitten and a mother cat jumps up on a chair nearby. In the next shot the mother cat is in Hamad's lap, jumping down. She comes back and takes the kitten away, but in the next shot Hamad has the kitten again in his lap. See more »

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Babak: You've made it big. I hear you were on MTV. They talked about the concert - "blood-drinking and devil-worshipping..."
Negar: That's how they work. They try to smear musicians and lock them up.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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Guerrilla Film Making On The Fly
22 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you saw 'Heavy Metal In Baghdad' a couple of years ago, you'll know that it is near impossible to be a rock & roll musician in an country that is ruled by Islamic law. Bahman Ghobadi's grim,but fine film,'Kasi az gorbehaye Irani khabar nadareh',released in English speaking countries as 'No One Knows About Persian Cats' will certainly cement that reputation. Filmed on the fly in something like 17 days, without official government say so (which actually did land some of the crew in jail),with borrowed camera equipment (most,if not all films shot in Iran have to be filmed with official government equipment). The results:the film is officially banned in Iran (big surprise?---no surprise,what so ever). The story concerns a cadre of young Iranians who want to form a band to rock out & bring joy to fellow young Iranians (heavens forbid!!!). Most of the film centers on Negar Shaghaghi & Ashkan Koshanejad (playing themselves),two budding indie rockers who form a band with the hopes of playing a big open air festival in London,England (and to get the hell out of Iran,forever). With the help of Nadar (played by Hamed Behdad),a kindly,but not too trust worthy sort who wants to act as manager of the band (he deals in bootlegged/pirated DVD's),tries to get Visas & Passports for everybody in the band. Will Negar & Ashkan see their hopes come to some sort of fruition,or will government censorship of popular culture throw the usual roadblock in their way?. Bahman Gobadi (A Time For Drunken Horses),in addition to directing,co writes the screenplay with his girl friend,Roxanne Saben (who was recently released from a jail sentence for spying),as well as set designer. I admired the film's documentary look (key scenes are shot with hand held cameras),with some fast cut editing. A film to get your dander up & make you think (and pity)the poor souls who have to deal with the daily dose of government b.s. Spoken in Farsi & Persian with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains a bit of drug abuse,and a couple of unfortunate deaths


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